2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2017 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For those of you not attending the awards ceremony, don’t forget to join us on Twitter the evening of November 15 as Booklist Reader editor Eugenia Williamson live-tweets the whole shabang in real time.



Dark at the Crossing, by Elliot Ackerman

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Maria Machado

The Leavers, by Lisa Ko

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward



Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, by Frances FitzGerald

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, by Masha Gessen

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIDavid Grann

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar



The Book of Endings, by Leslie Harrison

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poemsby Danez Smith

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart

In the Language of My Captor, by Shane McCrae

WHEREAS, by Layli Long Soldier


Young People’s Literature

American Street, by Ibi Zoboi

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez

What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold



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